Microphone technique… Another pointer.
To get good diction for the microphone the one part of your body that should actually move less is your mouth! In the past, when someone told you to stop mumbling and enunciate more clearly, wasn’t your solution to move your mouth, jaw, and tongue more aggressively? This common mistake of “chewing out” your words actually makes speech on a mic worse by causing it to become busy and unfocused. A lot of mouth activity confuses diction clarity and thins out vocal tone. Instead of exaggeratedly moving all the parts of your mouth to achieve clear enunciation, learn to speak instead with a much smaller, “funneled,” and less active mouth. This is not a new concept. The great speech teacher of Greece, Demosthenes, had his students orate with a mouth full of marbles to force them to enunciate elsewhere. The questions is: Where is elsewhere?
In addition to training the voices of hundreds of people, Charles Michel has been an actor, singer, character voice performer and voice-over announcer.
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Studying with Charles Michel has been nothing but a positive and rewarding experience in my pursuit to a career in voiceover.